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How and what to watch for Tennessee vs. Florida

The Vols look to go to 11-1 against a Florida team that needs a win to stay in postseason contention.

Tennessee Volunteers guard Keon Johnson and forward Uros Plavsic react to a play against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the second half at Thompson-Boling Arena.  Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

The No. 6 Tennessee Volunteers look to keep their outstanding season going against the Florida Gators tonight at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

The Vols (10-1, 4-1 SEC) only score 77.2 points per game, but are third in the NCAA in scoring defense at 57.2 points per game, conceding just 20.2 field goals per 40 minutes. Victor Bailey leads all scorers at 12.3 points per game, one of four players averaging double digits.

Florida (6-4, 3-3 SEC) has struggled during this pandemic campaign, getting just 12.1 assists on 27 made baskets per game, and allowing opponents to take 22 free throw attempts. Sophomore Tre Mann steps into the spot vacated by transfer Andrew Nembhard, whose presence on the No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs has been huge. The loss of Keyontae Johnson via a scary moment earlier this season hasn’t helped either.

Despite having seven Top 100 recruits on the roster, UF needs some quality wins to stay within sniffing distance of the NCAA Selection Committee.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Tennessee vs. Florida on Tuesday, January 19 at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN, or you can watch via the ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Tennessee -7
Point Total: 136
Money line: Tennessee -315, UF +250

Betting Splits Against Spread

Tennessee: (89% of action, 82% of bets)
Florida: (11% of action, 18% of bets)

The Best Bet

There’s just nothing to indicate the Gators will be able to score on the Tennessee defense, but UF has show the ability to turn up the heat at home. This might be an ugly one, with the winner in the low 60’s or worse.

Pick: Under 136

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